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Joleon Lescott has picked out his star performers from Matchday 14 in the Premier League
Joleon Lescott has picked out his star performers from Matchday 14 in the Premier League

There were plenty of stunning strikes and standout individual performances on show during another action-packed Premier League weekend.

I've picked out my five stars from an entertaining Matchday 14 in the top flight.

Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)

Arsenal kept top spot with their win against Wolves and it was another typically influential performance from Bukayo Saka.

Saka is almost in the mould of Mohamed Salah now. We expect him to contribute in every single game and perform well but it shouldn't be taken for granted how much he impacts games.

Between him and Martin Odegaard, you have two players who enjoy shouldering the responsibility and you don't worry about the Gunners in these types of games now.

Clashes with fellow top sides will define their season but you still have to do your job week in, week out — and Saka's goals and assists are proving crucial in that regard. 

Tino Livramento (Newcastle)

Newcastle were far more dominant against Manchester United than a 1-0 scoreline suggests and Tino Livramento continues to impress.

I was lucky enough to work with him in the England set-up last summer and he's another one I knew would start to showcase his immense talent once given an opportunity.

Tino Livramento was excellent for Newcastle against Manchester United
Tino Livramento was excellent for Newcastle against Manchester United

He's had to fill in at left-back recently, which is not his preferred flank, but he's just got on with it and shone at both Premier League and Champions League level in a team ravaged by injuries.

He suffered an awful injury at Southampton and missed a lot of football, so it's brilliant to see him back performing so well.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

While questions will always be asked over Trent Alexander-Arnold defensively, nobody can doubt the phenomenal attacking threat he offers Liverpool.

His manager has always demanded him to affect the game in an offensive manner. And while we're used to seeing that in terms of assists, he's now getting in more goalscoring positions — and boy, can he finish!

It's no use comparing him to other right-backs because Jurgen Klopp wants him to operate in a completely unique role. Would the offensive numbers of other right-backs match up, for example?

What I also like about him is how he shows his personality in his celebrations. That's exactly what we want to see from players and it's always done in a good spirit.

Enzo Fernandez (Chelsea)

Enzo Fernandes covered plenty of ground in Chelsea's 3-2 defeat of Brighton
Enzo Fernandes covered plenty of ground in Chelsea's 3-2 defeat of Brighton

Enzo Fernandez has really impressed me this season, showing he has more strings to his bow than your average defensive midfielder.

Ashley Cole spoke very highly of him in terms of his technical ability when he first arrived and his two-goal performance against Brighton was one of real maturity and leadership.

Although Conor Gallagher has been wearing the armband for the Blues recently, Fernandez leads by example with his performances and looks to be an excellent communicator.

It's easy to forget he's only 22. And when you factor in the change of culture, language barrier and other things that come with foreign transfers, his consistency has been even more impressive.

Dejan Kulusevski (Tottenham)

Tottenham were up to their old tricks against Manchester City and I was torn between Heung-Min Son and Dejan Kulusevski as a star performer.

I've just edged for Kulusevski, largely because I was so impressed by the less glamorous work he did. He played in multiple positions, was brave in possession and responsible out of it.

Then with his header at the end to earn Spurs a point, it was all about desire — he wanted to get on the end of that more than anyone else, which you love to see.

Of course, there were a few mistakes and some tough moments but I thought Ange Postecoglou's visitors were outstanding and fully deserved the draw.

Joleon Lescott was speaking to Matthew Hill


Joleon LescottPremier LeagueBukayo SakaArsenalValentino LivramentoNewcastle UnitedTrent Alexander-ArnoldLiverpoolEnzo FernandezChelseaDejan KulusevskiTottenham Hotspur
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